|Sasha Lansky 9march2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Sasha talks about the challenges of growing up in a family with traditional Jewish and particular "Lansky-style" practices-- eating kosher, not watching TV, observing the Sabbath and Jewish holidays-- in an area (Holyoke and Amherst, MA) where there are few peers she could relate to. She describes her continuing quest for a Jewish community, and how she hopes to find one as she goes off to college next year...
Keywords: Sunday; Jewish home; Jewish traditions; Jewish culture; kosher; shabbes; Yiddish; American identity; Political views; Jewish values; Israel; otherness; Wailing Wall; human rights; reading; television; anti-semitism; Jewish appearance; multiculturalism; environmentalism; nature; bike riding; college; B'nai Tsedek Teen Philanthropy Program; Springfield; MA; Hazon; Yiddish Book Center
|Fran Saed 25feb2010 Yiddish Book Center|
Fran talks about growing up in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Rockaways in the 1930s. She describes her family's careers and the Jewish (and not-so-traditionally-Jewish) practices. She tells about what she read growing up and reads now. She speaks of unusual foods she loves, and reflects on the Jewishness of her life, growing up and today. To cite this interview: Fran Saed Oral History Interview, interviewed by Aaron Lansky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio...
Keywords: Harlem; calf tongue; calf brains; Jewish food; shul; Bronx; Rockaways; kheder; Yiddish; air conditioning; Far Rockaway; kosher; Intervale Jewish Center; Holocaust survivor; 1948; 1930s; World War Two; plane spotter; Roosevelt; Jewishness in politics; Israel; newspapers; Yiddish curses and sayings; shul; Jewishness then; Jewishness today; florist; Amherst; Yiddish Book Center
|Albert Berkowitz 13october2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
Albert Berkowitz was a docent at the Yiddish Book Center for ten years. He began by talking about his family, especially his grandmother (the only of that generation he ever knew) from Rumania. He described how his grandmother came to Staten Island with her children (some by marriage - she had three husbands, all of whom she outlived - and some her own) after selling all of her assets after her third husband died...
Keywords: Advice; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language (feelings of/about; meaning; descriptions of); Immigration; Migration; and place; Music; Press; Radio; Career and Professional Life; World War Two; Education; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; United States; Yiddish Book Center; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission (intergenerational; cultural; social... parenting); Roots/heritage; Urban; Assimilation; Washington; D.C; Classical music; philharmonic; New York City; U.S. Maritime service; docent; English tutor; Tibet; literacy; mamaliga; Ploesti; Rumania; grandmother; kosher; shabbes; chorus; Young at Heart